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EH Review: EarthWise

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Pain relief can come in many forms, but when it comes to soothing muscle rubs some like it cold and some like it hot. Lucky for everyone, EarthWise's natural skincare offers both!

The EarthWise Natural Skincare Company creates products that are not only good for us, but good for our planet. Their certified organic line takes consideration for the workers who grow and harvest their ingredients by only using fairly traded items, and their packaging isn't harmful to our environment. The products themselves are created by using nature's intelligence to achieve healing. They do all they can to promote sustainable agriculture, cleaner water, and fair incomes all while providing a skincare line that delivers on it's promise to help you feel good. And what's not to feel good about when your purchasing from such a conscious brand like EarthWise?

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EarthWise sent Everything Hurts two of their coveted pain relieving products. The Warming Muscle Rub offers relief for sore and aching muscles, perfect for conditions such as fibromyalgia and lupus. It also treats bruises, swelling and sprains and arthritis pain. I gave the rub a try right after finishing a light hike at Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve in No. California. The hike was beautiful but challenging and left me with swollen, sore calves and arthritis pains in my feet — which is to be expected with just about any level of physical activity, especially when sliding down old volcanoes. As soon as I got home to rest I decided to apply the rub. I found it really helps if you massage it deeply into the muscles. Be generous with the amount that you use, as it doesn't burn or sting, but leaves a nice slightly warm sensation. Within 10-15 mins I started to notice a difference in my muscle swelling and joint stiffness. 

The cooling soothing relief of the 26 Mile Salve is really something you have to see for yourself. This handy salve stick sure is powerful. I love to use it on my stiff neck and shoulders, since it really feels like it penetrates deep into the muscle and tendons. The menthol crystals get to work immediately once applying it, giving you a slight anesthetic for sharp pains. My advice is to make sure you only push up the salve from the bottom as needed, and not push it up all the way, because you're unable to roll it back down (my original mistake). Despite my clumsiness with the container, I've been using the salve every morning to get me going and really love the results!

If you've been searching for a new way to feel okay, head over the EarthWise and check out these awesome products and the rest of their line up. Everything they make is packed with great stuff, and their company is run with such care and conscience. I hate to be punny here but I have to say it — EarthWise really is a smart choice.

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EH Review: Double N Urban Farm & Apothecary

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This Valentine's weekend is all about love. So how about showing some love to an important person in your life — you. Do your body and your mind a favor this Hallmark holiday and practice some holistic pain relief. Stetch, take a warm bath, meditate, or yeah... just watch some Netflix. And if you're looking for the perfect gift to give that special somebody (your body), head over to Double N Urban Farm & Apothecary.

Double N creates seasonal herbal body care products, all made with intention. This means they carefully select all natural, organic, ingredients and combine them into wonderful lotions, salves, teas, tinctures and more. They have an enchanting farm that truly creates healing products. You have to check out their website Double N Urban Homestead to get a look into their daily life at Double N... totally made me daydream about owning a farm. Stunning.

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The lovely folks at Double N sent over two of their pain relieving products for EH to try out — Fire Muscle Rub and Headcase Headache Relief. Everyone that has come in contact with me in the last two months knows I've been suffering from sharp neck pains and blinding headaches. They started right around the new year, and with a combination of herbal remedies and old fashion physical therapy, they've been going away little by little. These two awesome products have been a part of my treatment and I swear to you they've been worth their weight in gold.

Let's talk about the Fire Muscle Rub. This salve is completely unique, and really does have a warming feeling to it. It's perfect for achey sore backs and necks, but you can use it on any unhappy muscle to get some sweet soothing relief. The cayenne & arnica infused olive oil really contributes to it's warming properties, and the coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax create a smooth solid, where a little bit goes a long way. The essential oils of clove, ginger and cinnamon are key in providing strong relief. 

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Now for the Headcase Headache Relief — oh how I've been taking this with me everywhere. I never know when a headache will strike, and it's so important to be prepared at the first sign of one. Head Case has some truly unique ingredients that I haven't seen elsewhere. This blend includes amethyst infused sunflower oil! Amethyst?! I mean, I love the way they look... but they provide pain relief too? Yes, incredibly, they do. The blend also consists of peppermint, frankincense, lavender, basil, chamomile, eucalyptus and rosemary essential oils. Just rub it on your temples and neck 2-4 times a day and remember to breathe in. You'll feel it's soothing powers in no time. If you suffer from headaches, this is a purse must have.

What's really beautiful and unique about Double N Urban Farm and Apothecary is that they grow their own plants. They see them through and nurture them from seed to product. You are truly supporting organic and local farming by purchasing products from them. An extra something to feel good about, when you're feeling good from their products.

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So go on and show yourself some love this Valentine's day with Double N Urban Farm & Apothecary. 

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EH Reviews: Humbled Extracts

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The new year is almost here! At the start of each year we usually set unrealistic goals for ourselves: feel better, look better, eat better — these are my lofty goals for 2016, but more specifically, to treat my pain naturally. This year's plan, much like the years prior, includes a balanced diet, regular exercise, and keeping up with my physical therapy. What's new to this year's game plan is my desire to cut down on pain killers and harsh topical products, and use more organic products that have nothing but natural ingredients for pain relief.

I've been using Humbled Extracts salves as a substitute for drug store brand rubs on my daily sore spots. Their salves are handmade in Pennsylvania, and are hemp based. Hemp has long been known for it's pain relieving properties, but unfortunately it often has been dismissed by the masses because of the stigma around marijuana. Hemp's main component, cannabidiol, is an amazing anti-inflammatory agent. Chronic pain sufferers — especially those with fibromyalgia, have seen amazing benefits from including hemp into their treatment.

Let's clear something up: hemp will not get you high. But what it will do will lower your pain, improve your mood and decrease your inflammation. 

Humbled Extracts sent over three unique salves to Everything Hurts: peppermint & eucalyptus, clove & cayenne, and arnica & lavender. Each one smells amazing, goes on smooth, and isn't sticky or oily. You'll feel relief shortly after applying it, and after rubbing it in it goes in clear and doesn't stain your clothes. It really made a big difference in my level of back and neck pain. 

All the salves are beneficial in relieving pain, but each individual one is beneficial in its own way, due to the essential oils included in its blend.

Clove & Cayenne – for deep joint and muscle pains.
Ingredients: grape seed oil, beeswax, shea butter, hemp,
cayenne, rosemary, vitamin e, close essential oil.

Peppermint & Eucalyptus – for all aches and pains, including arthritis,
fibromyalgia, burns, sciatica, migraines and nerve damage.
Ingredients: grape seed oil, beeswax, shea butter, hemp,
peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus.

Arnica & Lavender – helps in relieving pain caused from surgery, bruising,
back pain, and more. Ingredients: grape seed oil, beeswax, shea butter,
hemp, lavender essential oil, arica, comfrey, marjoram essential oil.

Humbled Extracts even sent over one of their medicated lip balms! I usually dab some essential oils on my lips as I use them, so this essential oil packed chap stick was just the thing I needed. My lips are always peeling and dry, and this lip balm helps them to heal and feel hydrated.

If you're looking for soothing, hard working yet mild products to relieve your pain, you have to go take a look at all the salves Humbled Extracts has to offer. They have many loyal customers that have given them stellar reviews, so don't just take my word for it – check them out. 

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